MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same

October 19, 2017

Believe it or not I’ve been hanging around that bus stop a bit myself, and it’s been bleak.

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The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure LendingPeak Wealth ManagementAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMichigan Law GradHuman ElementLantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Indiana After UFR

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Indiana’s in the Denard 2012 part of the inevitable offensive fadeout under new management. Long and Hill and Watson excelled against Simmie Cobbs, who’s the best WR they’re likely to face this year. Dwumfour has a rotation role now. Gary breakout. Refs had a terrible game—McCray cut block, Metellus thing, and Fant got the worst PI maybe ever. Ran a freshman offense for O’Korn; that throw into double-coverage on a two-man route summarizes the passing offense; where do we go from here? Running game is finally coming into its own.

2. Mid-Mezzo-Equidistant Feels

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The defense is above where we thought they’d be, especially the cornerbacks. Keith Washington loss isn’t even a thing so far. Noah Furbush: defensive fullback as your backup DT! Special teams the returns could be better but nice not to worry about kicker all of a sudden and nobody saw Foug coming. QB… RB… OL… But hey TE is up despite Wheatley being hurt and Bunting falling off. WR…fuh.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Favorite Things About Penn State

starts at 52:05

Nick Hopwood of Peak Wealth Management joins us. Some of these are really actually nice, like they have good tailgating, the stadium is kinda nice inside, and their uniforms are never uniformz, and they let you get revenge on Gerry DiNardo. Joe Pa was basically a guy with a sideline pass.

4. Penn State Preview

starts at 1:10:20

How is that defense very good? They’re very stout up front with the DT firm of Cothran and Cothren. The new DEs are good; Shareef Miller especially. Still have some stars in the secondary and Cabinda at linebacker is a solid dude. PSU gets pressure from blitzers. Barkley has 29 catches on 32 targets—he’s very very good—Devin Bush will have to draw him in coverage. Missing that big play receiver (Gesicki isn’t it as much this year) to replace Godwin. OL is a bunch of guards and look like Michigan in stats, but it’s Michigan with a quarterback and a Heisman candidate.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. This week our bumper music was provided by the Beatles on Ukulele Project.

  • “Fixing a Hole” by the Repairmen
  • “Paperback Writer” by the Noble Three
  • “Back in the U.S.S.R. by A.L.X.
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente

October 19, 2017

I thought that was implied by my manbally voice.

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Things discussed:

  • Craig now sits between Ed and Brian, who get along. Craig is a bystander.
  • Offensive adjustments: more manball. Michigan went to a Harbaugh identity: 22 personnel and equal parts power and inside zone.
  • Higdon made yards, won the game with his OT run, which wasn’t even his best.
  • O’Korn: coaches gave him a freshman gameplan and avoided him as soon as they got a two-score lead. Coaches say he always wants to make the big play and a lot of coaching him is settling him down.
  • The bad man yelled: horrible PI wiped out a Fant interception, then Tom Allen flagrantly violated the “Just for Jim Harbaugh” rule to get 10 calls in a row to go his way (says Craig). Yes, Urban doesn’t get flagged for this either: it’s just Harbaugh.
  • Indiana pass pro success: got their RT back, used an RB to block Bush, which didn’t go well for them but went better than leaving Bush unblocked.
  • Stunt game should be shelved—just opens up running lanes. Too tricky. Mone effect means less pass rush too.
  • Speight earlier this season? Pressure, WRs, stopped seeing things and lost footwork.
  • Sam has a recap of his Brandon Peters take: no he’s not a whiff, he’s not bad, he’s not transferring, he’s not behind, he’s a freshman and the offense asks the quarterback to be very advanced before and after the snap. Sam Darnold was a different story: he came in and threw 2-yard passes to 5-star receivers as a freshman.
  • PSU: McSorley is a B+, Barkley is legit. This isn’t an national championship team but it’s a very good one that’s closer to challenging Ohio State than losing to Michigan.
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MGoPodcast 9.7: All Circuits Are Busy

October 15, 2017

I need someone to be a D-plus. Maybe a C-minus.

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We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,Human Element, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

Can Brandon Peters get three yards per attempt? The moment O’Korn threw into double-coverage when the other guy was wide open on a two-man route (!!!) was an offense to the game of football. Let him play out Penn State then break in the kid against Rutgers. Running game was good against a good run defense: RBs actually got yards, Onwenu looked like he had a good game.

2. The Defense

starts at 25:15

Another mostly dominant performance. Poor damn Rashan Gary. Pass rush nerfed: Indiana got their starting RT back. Also teams are adjusting to doomsquirrel. Cornerbacks are all turning into stars.

3. Special Teams, Feelingsball, and Game Theory

starts at 45:07

The bad man yelled at the refs. Indiana got a bunch of bad ones too. Half of it was legit. Game theory: turtling at the end of the first half is fine when your quarterback is getting 2.9 YPA. Put Peters in the game when you’re up 10 and getting sub-Sheridan performance.

4. Around the Big Ten with Interrupted Jamie Mac

starts at 1:01:27

Big Teeeeen! Bad QBs win all the games. Start with Rutgers with a Big Ten victory over a team that might not deserve to be called that anymore. Zero interceptions for Tanner Lee vs. Ohio State, still 600+ yards for Ohio State, which scored on their first eight drives (avg 73 yards per drive). Maryland back to their linebacker at backup QB. Michigan State found a worse QB to play against than John O’Korn in a rainstorm. LJ Scott ran for 200 yards but lost a fumble. Michigan-Indiana was the most-watched college football game yesterday.

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MUSIC:

  • “Linus & Lucy”—The Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • “Electric Relaxation”—A Tribe Called Quest
  • “Across 110th Street”—Bobby Womack version
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.5: God Bless Your Cotton-Pickin’ Maize & Blue Podcast

October 12, 2017

What's a Valhalla?

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MGoRadio was recorded before a live retail audience at The Bo Store, 333 S. Main Street. Special Guests: Michigan historian Dr. Sap and Dennis from the OC

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The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. MSU After UFR: Pitch a Bitch

starts at 1:00

Ace lays out all the takes to pick out which ones are valuable and which are fire/stupid. One and four: dumb. Time for Peters? Might be. Fire Drevno? Right tackle was bad but the offensive line as a whole stepped forward. Long discussion on going to concerts.

2. Indiana Preview

starts at 32:15

They’ve benched their quarterback for a redshirt freshman—maybe he’ll throw the ball to unstoppable receiving god Simmie Cobbs. That’s not the end of Indiana’s receiving threats though they’re a bit banged up. That is the end of their offense. Their defense is Michigan-lite. They’re going to wreck us there.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Favorite Play-by-Play Calls of All Time

starts at 46:00

Gus Johnson, Keith Jackson, Bill Raftery, Kenny Albert, Bob Ufer, and Rychialivyak Llissander Wolffsbaan Þormundur III (I think that’s his name) top our lists of favorite all-time announcer calls, a segment we came up with because we were all excited about…

4. People Doing Impressions of Bob Ufer

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Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis, Michigan historian and a man who knew more about Schembechler’s Michigan than Millie joins us to pay tribute the legendary Michigan broadcaster Bob Ufer. In the 40s and 50s, as America was still mired in its McCarthyism, Ufer was the color and enthusiasm in a black and white Pleasantville world. He conveyed to you through his broadcast style that it was ok to be who you are and not be someone else or someone that somebody else wanted you to be. At least that’s what Sap meant to say when Brian asked him for his thoughts and he kind of wistfully said “Yeah. Yeah.”

Also we have Ace try to perform some Ufer-isms, and Dennis from the OC calls in to show us what a real Ufer impressionist sounds like. Also Bo does a spot-on Ufer. Also Brian’s kid.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. This week our bumper music was provided by On The Line from their album Color Tour. The songs were “Road of Reoccurrence”, “Lydia”, and “Red Skies.” Plus “Across 110th Street”.

Ufer tracks are available at www.ufer.org

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WTKA Roundtable 10/12/2017: Be More Like Fran

October 12, 2017

I'll hear your take but no 1970s NFL teams.

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[Eric Upchurch]

mgoblog | Michigan football, basketball, hockey, and general what-have-you

Things discussed:

  • Sadness, despair, hate, turnovers. O’Korn took sacks when he didn’t have to, missed open guys in front of his face.
  • Offensive pass interference committed with impunity.
  • Offensive line problems aren’t going away: have to scheme around the bad protection. Craig suggests going to the Vikings RB receiver offense.
  • Time spent on inside zone all offseason was wasted. Stuff that worked was what worked in 2015.
  • What more can you want than DPJ running a fly just down the numbers?
  • The receivers: they’re missing Black, got a guy in Perry, Crawford is out there blocking but not receiving well. DPJ needs to get some of those targets. These guys need to be better coached.
  • Not getting Evans or DPJ the ball in space.
  • Michigan had no quarterback run game in this game: MSU ignored O’Korn on the zone read and he’s a good runner.
  • How much credit to Michigan State? Not bad for an offseason catastrophe, but they won by four when up five on turnovers and up 10 on luck stuff. They’re a 6-6 or 7-5 team, but they’re not a good team.
  • That’s a sad thing: Michigan has to be a lot better since most of the teams they’ll play the rest of the year are better than these Spartans.
  • More O’Korn: saw the things that lost him his job at Houston. He wasn’t running Michigan’s offense in 2015 when he was generating all the hype because he was on the scout team.
  • Indiana: offensive line is terrible, chuck and pray offense, their defense is going to wreck our offense.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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MGoPodcast 9.6: I Don’t Eat My Friends

October 9, 2017

He's gonna look over at Harbaugh one day and see Adazzio and just like keel over.

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We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure LendingPeak Wealth ManagementAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMichigan Law Grad,Human ElementLantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

That’s the O’Korn we remember from Indiana. Right tackle is a massive hole. Think this team needs a receivers coach and needs to adjust better to what it cannot do. Drevno what exactly do you do here moment.

2. The Defense

starts at 27:47

Dominant again: State’s one successful power play was surprising because we never see a normal play work against them. Hurst was mighty. State got just about everything on frippery and luck, which was in abundance. Michigan will be in every game as long as the defense plays like this.

3. Special Teams and Feelingsball

starts at 39:09

Michigan got close to blocking a bunch of punts and got to one of them—first time this year that it looked like a solid special teams win. Maybe go for it on 4th and 2 but when your offense is butt and you’re in a 1950s game that’s fine. Don’t take the ball out of the endzone on kickoffs please.

4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 48:20

All bad blowouts. Ferentz decides to coach this week. Barkley had –7 rushing yards in the 3rd quarter. Minnesota-Purdue was probably the most interesting. Is Purdue going to challenge Wisconsin for the West or is that just the Badgers’ birthright still?

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MUSIC:

  • “This Night Has Opened My Eyes”—The Smiths
  • “Nineteen Years Old”—Muddy Waters
  • “Everyday is Like Sunday”—The Smiths
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.4: How to Throw a Wicked Dad-Rave

October 6, 2017

Genocide is probably where we draw the line

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[Eric Upchurch]

MGoRadio was recorded before a live retail audience at The Bo Store, 333 S. Main

Special Guests: Marlin Jackson (see you 2-5 tomorrow at Homes Brewery to watch football and support the Fight for Life Foundation)

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The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure LendingPeak Wealth ManagementAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMichigan Law Grad,Human ElementLantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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Purdue After UFR: The Offense

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O’Korn yay and the rest is grumblin’. Backs are not getting yards themselves consistently; this one Higdon did but had a fumble. Right tackle “Never Forget” roster is run down. Receivers are what they are. Upside is in the tight end group. Good peripheral blocking from the fullbacks is wasted when the OL isn’t clicking.

Purdue After UFR: The Defense

starts at 18:22

Man are they good. Purdue only got a few Jeff Brohm things and then Michigan downloaded it. Nice to see the throwback screens shut down, though that’s still somewhat dangerous. Devin Bush is amazing. Rashan Gary isn’t getting the stats but when you break down the film he’s sucking up doubles and creating for Winovich, Hurst, and the linebackers. Furbush: secret weapon.

Gimmicky Top Five: Things You Don’t Want Jim Harbaugh to See on MGoBlog

starts at 33:21

So a few weeks ago former MGoBlog employee Tom Van Haaren did a shoot for ESPN with JT (foreground) where you can clearly make out Jon Falk showing Jack Harbaugh a user’s page on MGoBlog. So we asked Ace and Brian to name the five things they wouldn’t want Schembechler Hall reading. We’ll no commit those to writing or post the links because that would be cruel so instead here’s a picture:

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4. Marlin Jackson and Michigan State Preview

 

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Marlin joins us mid-way through the segment after some technical difficulties that Seth was completely absolved of. Zero guesses which position he would want to play in Don Brown’s defense.

Michigan State is a series of unfortunate things: they’re not good, but Lewerke can make some things happen, LJ Scott is dangerous, and the defense is back to playing their old aggressive quarters when circumstances/Iowa allow them to. The bad news: circumstances may allow them to.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. This week it's WILSON, i.e. a guy named Josh Wilson who sent us the afore-linked album. Songs used: “Captain”, “Ride”, and “World Class”. Also “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 10/5/2017: The Joe Tiller Memorial Gameplan

October 5, 2017

I’m just telling Jim Harbaugh the right way to approach this game

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[Bryan Fuller]

Things discussed:

  • State previewed: OL troubles. They look good in Ed’s pass D stats because opponents have missed all of their wide open deep guys.
  • Brian’s gameplan: Don’t run at all. State couldn’t press versus ND and that changed MSU’s ability to swamp the run game. Pick on their safeties all day.
  • State’s gonna run the jet, and run speed options in high-leverage situations. Positive effect from playing Air Force?
  • Lewerke is a good athlete who looks good 60% of the time and looks crazy the rest.
  • Bad week to be without Tarik Black. Pass pro and take deep shots on these guys. DPJ please.
  • James “Doug” Foug versus their guy should give Michigan the special teams edge despite the lack of Peppers.
  • Ed defends Brian’s totally sane suggestion that Michigan go with the Joe Tiller Tribute offense.
  • Offensive line cohesion is a big deal according to an older caller whose great-grandfather used to hang around Hangersturfer’s and listen to Craig talk about strategy when the forward pass was still just a gimmick.
  • Tight end-focused route combinations: get the ball in Zentry’s hands.
  • State gonna test the O’Neill crew’s willingness to flag OPI: they run a ton of pick routes, and their corners want to play up and grabby. Craig believes we’ll get a neutral game because we’ve been talking about these guys so long.
  • Nunez thoughts: reminds Craig of THJ. Very good spot-up shooter, rare among his generation he can shoot an actual jumper. Castleton is a skinny shot-blocker.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

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MGoPodcast 9.5: Mentholated Kids These Days

October 2, 2017

Our annual bye week hoops & hockey preview episode!

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[Marc-Gregor Campredon]

We recorded this podcast once again at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown. Please don't count the conference rooms because they probably only have six for the members of the Big Ten East.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: Peak Wealth ManagementHomesure LendingAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMichigan Law Grad,, Human ElementDEO Bookkeeping, and Lantana Hummus

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1. Hoops Preview: The Team

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Unfair comparisons for Moe Wagner—this year they’ve got the guys to feature Moe’s stretch game. They might’ve picked the wrong backup center to rip the redshirt off: Teske should be a ready rim protector, Austin Davis (PN: “Ol’ Pterodactyl Hands”) should be unevidentially good. PF is Duncan Robinson’s limitations vs. Duncan Robinson’s lethality, plus Livers’ upside. Charles Matthews has five-star defensive athleticism but can Beilein teach him to shoot? SG: MAAR=RAHK=what he is. Ibi can jump, Poole is a shooter. PG: Goodbye impact rebounding. Simmons is the man to run the pick and roll, certainly knows how to create his own shot since he was most of Ohio’s offense. Zavier ain’t a bad defender, has to fix that shot this year. Eli Brooks was a Nova battle after an extremely productive HS career; could make things interesting.

2. Hoops Preview: The Big Ten, and Feelingsball

starts at 36:09

Michigan State somehow got Bridges to stick around not getting paid to play basketball when going to the NBA he would be getting paid to play basketball, which he’s not getting paid to play basketball at Michigan State. No clear #2 in the league: Purdue lost Swanigan, Maryland lost Trimble is gone but Justin Jackson is back and Melo might have held them back. Wisconsin lost everybody. Northwestern is getting hype because they bring back their core. Will Ohio State be worse than Rutgers?

Feelingsball: Michigan is gonna shruggie , hopefully a good enough defensive team to be a 5-8 seed. Don’t put baby Wagner in the corner. Can Charles Matthews shoot?

C-ya Pitino!

3. Ace’s Hockey Podcast

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[JD Scott]

Special guest/friend of the blog Anthony Ciatti sits in to preview Mel’s first year, which we think will be like a Mason at MSU year plus a good powerplay. By lines:

  • Forwards:  Slaker-Norris-Lockwood: Lucky to have Slaker to pair with the talent. Dancs-Marody-Calderone: Caldy can snipe. Warren-Winborg-Rabbe: Warren has to drive it, Winborg has puck skills but not skating, Rabbe is the reverse. Sanchez-Becker-Roos, and Porikos-Nick Pastujov: Disappointing the Pastujovs aren’t higher. Mel’s gonna let the bottom nine shake out into something.
  • Blueline: Luke Martin-Hughes: That’s what a 5’9” NHL defenseman looks like. Luke’s a steady defensive blueliner and that’s what you want paired with Hughes. Roos-Cecconi: May see Piazza displace Roos. Cutler Martin-Boka: A really good third pairing. Strength of the team is they can go six deep with D.
  • Goalie: Lafontaine and Lavigne: Both good, Lafontaine has good mobility. Lavigne is steady.

One game vs a fuggy bad team takes: more structured, deliberate, not trying to do as many long passes. A year behind Wisconsin, in a much tougher conference than Wisconsin had.

4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 1:14:08

Illinois once again has young players and an atrocious team. Not much to say about Nebraska for beating them, or Ohio State for beating up on Rutgers. IU dug itself a 28-0 hole to Penn State, treaded water the rest of the game. Wisconsin has unlimited linebackers. Maryland making it work with Bortenschlager (I’m not spell-checking that), PJ Fleck doesn’t have great QBs either. Whoever’s checking Felton Davis this week probably should do a better job than Ojemudia’s little brother (or Brady Quinn’s heroic attempts to pronounce Ojemudia). Penn State’s defense worries us.

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MUSIC:

  • “The W.A.N.D.”—The Flaming Lips
  • “Loran’s Dance”—Idris Muhammad
  • “Good to Be Back Home”—Charles Bradley
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 9/29/17: A Good Time for a Bye

September 29, 2017

That was Don Brown: Bush you go do this. And then he did it.

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[Patrick Barron]

Things discussed:

  • Purdue was never going to win that game. Offense had to find its footing; Purdue never faced a defense like that.
  • Yay defense! Furbush and Gary are very good at generating havoc. Long & Hill killing it.
  • Flargeting: why wasn’t the one on Speight seen on replay? Brian gets talked out of his take.
  • O’Korn! Let’s not underestimate the transformation from Indiana to now. Was making confident pre-snap reads and executing them. First reads were there for him more than they’ve been for Speight. Improved pocket presence over the course of the game.
  • Sam: O’Korn was for real as of Rome.
  • Kudos to the Fox director—as long as Tim Brando isn’t on the call. Could see the receiver play really well in this game.
  • A lot of Perry and Schoenle outside. TE rotation settled with McKeon and Gentry on top. DPJ had a lot of routes and release moves to learn to function in this offense.
  • Alarming game for the OL. Not for Onwenu.RBs rough moments in pass blocking. Drevno or youth or both? First level rules still not being executed.
  • ND-MSU things: DL in South Bend isn’t creating havoc—Cole Chewins versus Michigan’s DL is a massive mismatch.
  • Ahead to Penn State: their defense is much better than we thought; Devin Bush is THE guy you want vs Saquon Barkley.
  • Ed’s numbers have UCF on top because numbers don’t know about Maryland’s QB situation

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